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Pacific Media Watch is compiled for Asia Pacific Report as a regional media freedom and educational resource by a network of journalists, students, stringers and commentators.

Asia Pacific Report Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned Facebook for carrying out its threat to block the sharing of its journalistic news content in...

By Kalinga Seneviratne in Sydney The tech juggernaut Facebook’s shock decision to block all news feeds from Australian media outlets this week in response to...

COMMENT: By Kasun Ubayasiri in Brisbane It has indeed been a few strange days for Australian news media. Apparently, monopolies are bad if they are...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned a proposed cyber-security law in Myanmar that would organise online censorship and force social media...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk The Chinese government has formally charged Australian journalist Cheng Lei with "illegally supplying state secrets overseas", almost half a year after...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Scores of students from the Papuan Student Association (IMP) in Medan, North Sumatra, have held a protest action this week in...

By Lusa News in Dili The Timorese Press Council today asked journalists to avoid being "messenger boys", referring to the publication of a statement about...

Asia Pacific Report newsdesk Politicians, educators and civil society advocates around the region today condemned the "barbaric" and "shameful" detention and deportation of the regional...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Fiji Immigration officials and police have detained and expelled the University of the South Pacific vice-chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, and his...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Nine Entertainment and News Corporation are wrong to say Google and Facebook have destroyed their business models by stealing content, according...

Asia Pacific Report newsdesk The Timorese Episcopal Conference has called on the entire Catholic community in Timor-Leste to accept and respect Pope Francis' decision to...

COMMENT: By Shilo Kino What were you doing during the foreshore and seabed hīkoi in 2004? I wish I could say I was at the protest, gripping...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk More leading Indonesian figures have made racial slurs against Natalius Pigai, former chair of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM)...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the arbitrary and opaque experiments that Google is conducting with its search engine in Australia,...

ANALYSIS: By Denis Muller, University of Melbourne Terrorism, political extremism, Donald Trump, social media and the phenomenon of “cancel culture” are confronting journalists with a...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Indonesia has pursued a strategy of aggressive arrests and violence against peaceful demonstrations for independence since the announcement of a provisional...

ANALYSIS: By Misha Ketchell, The Conversation On 10 December 2020, the Australian Senate established an inquiry into a government bill proposing a "mandatory bargaining code"...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Fiji's NGO Coalition on Human Rights has called for stronger accountability and commitment to human rights at home in response to...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised the Indonesian government of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for its weak health response to covid-19...

Pacific Media Watch correspondent The pro-independence conflict in West Papua with a missionary plane reportedly being shot down at Intan Jaya has stirred contrasting responses...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk In the wake of Twitter’s decision to shut down President Donald Trump’s accounts for good, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has proposed...

SPECIAL REPORT: By Victor Mambor in Jayapura – final article of a three-part investigation into the Pastor Yeremia Zanambani assassination Intan Jaya district in Papua,...